Episode 153

You Made It Weird

Curtis Gwinn

You Made It Weird #153: Curtis Gwinn

Curtis Gwinn (writer, NTSF:SD:SUV! UCB!) makes it weird!

Follow @peteholmes on Twitter and Like the show on Facebook. Buy YMIW shirts! Order his new special “Nice Try, The Devil”!

Tags , ,


  • I was 13 when I saw the Exorcist and it DESTROYED me. It was my introduction into my current anxiety. Kept me up for weeks because I couldn’t make my mind stop thinking about the face and the voice. That was well over a decade ago, including 4 years of film school, and I still psychically recoil if I come across images from that film.

  • super guest & show…one of my favorite parts was your Duncan impression, Pete–silly fun right up there with the Miss Piggy! Hiiiiiii-YA! <3

  • Anyone who has, is currently and who ever will write an autobiography is in awe and extremely jealous like the kid who thought they had the best ghost story after Stephen King drops by their Midnight Society campfire to tell his best ghost story.

    My life’s story in it’s most detailed recounting currently looks like a comma to Curtis Gwinn’s anthology of fifty-pound books written in the tightest and space filling format.

  • First episode in a long time, of any podcast, I have delisted to immediately Curtis is really fun to listen too.

    If you’re interested in some of this stuff about the occult and the origins of psychology, one interesting connection to this lady named Madam Blavotsky who founded this semi-religious organization called Theosophy, which is basically the progenitor of all things “New Agey.” The essence of a Theosophy is that all religions have grains of truth, not unlike Bahai, but that it is up to the individual to become a seer and find higher planes of existence. She and her followers influenced people from Hitler or artists like Paul Klee and Kandinsky, and even Einstein was known to keep a copy of her book on his desk for a period of time.

    Freud and Jung both read theosophical texts, and Jung references Blavotsky a few times. Joseph Campbell’s writing though the most analytic has a clear resonance with Theosophical ideals. However it should be noted that Blavotsky herself admitted privately that she was making most of it up. If you go and look into theosophy you will find it to be largely nonsensical, but attractive in its optimism and promise of knowing special secrets of the universe.

  • Great episode Pete! Curtis was such an interesting guest! Towards the end where he’s explaining about his day dreams and night terrors, it literally gave me chills!

    About a year ago I went through the same sort of process. When I was younger I don’t think I ever went through the emotional puberty phase. Because of life’s circumstances, I had to be an adult at 6 yrs of age. So by the time I hit 30, it felt as though the emotion I had to surpress in order to function (in NLP it’s called the Third Position – The Observer), began releasing itself in any way it could. And in my experience, it released itself just as your guest had explained it.

    About a year or so later I’m in a much better place. It’s still quite a harrowing learning process, but I wouldn’t change any of it.

    Love the show! :)

  • Good episode. Curtiss has some great stories about his nuts life.
    I thought of the cymbal joke too and was kind of taken aback how casually he brushed it aside without missing a step! (insert appropriate smiley face here please – I’m not hip wit’ the kids).

  • Anyone who likes zombies and the allegories it involves MUST read CELL by STEPHEN KING. Amazing. I know, King is hit or miss…this is a HIT.

  • I want to crawl inside the last 20 minutes of this episode and live in it forever. I need to share the weird thing that happened while I was listening to this episode. I was listening to the last 20 minutes of this while walking to work this morning, while you guys were talking about synchronicity and coincidence and all that, and thoroughly enjoying it. My entire life I’ve been a bit of a skeptic about this sort of thing, and I’ve recently decided that’s silly and it’s always better to be open to stuff. So I was really enjoying everything you both were saying about all this, and wondering if that really neat kind of synchronicity that happens to you guys has happened or if it ever will happen to me. As I’m wondering this, I’m walking down the sidewalk when I see my name, Lisa, written in graffiti style writing on the back of a street sign, with a heart around it. I shit you not. THIS HAPPENED ON THIS DAY. Sure, my name is fairly common and sure this could easily be written off as a coincidence but it’s also AMAZING, is it not?! I could’ve taken a different route to work, I could’ve been looking elsewhere when I walked past that sign, it could’ve been ANY other name in the world, but instead it was my name surrounded by a heart at the exact moment when I was wondering if synchronicity is a real thing. So thanks for bringing me this beautiful, real, wonderful moment and thanks for letting me share my own everyday miracle with you! Pete Holmes, you are the greatest.

  • My dad likes to tell the same story about a movie scaring the tar out of him, but in his case, it was Hush Hush, Sweet Charlotte, and it involved some guy getting his hand cleavered off.